The story of Andrew Bartin, based on the original ballad, was included in Francis James Child's collection of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Child's Ballads), as Child Ballad 167. However, over the years, through oral tradition, the song had been significantly shortened and the name of the protagonist changed from Andrew Barton to Henry Martin (or Henry Martyn). In this form, the tale also appears in Child's Ballads as Child Ballad 250.
The first known printed version dates from the early 17th century and consisted of 82 verses describing the exploits of Sir Andrew Barton and his two brothers, Robert and John. Barton was a privateer who carried a letter of marque issued by James IV, king of Scotland, giving him the right to arrest and seize Portuguese ships. He is alleged, however, to have exceeded his licence, engaging more generally in piracy. On 2 August 1511, he was killed, and his ship The Lion captured, after a fierce battle with Sir Edward Howard and his brother Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who were acting on the authority of the English king Henry VIII.
- Phil Tanner (1937)
- Burl Ives on Wayfaring Stranger (1944)
- A.L. Lloyd on The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Volume IV (1956)
- Alfred Deller on Western Wind and Other English Folk Songs (1958)
- Sam Larner recorded by Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger (1958-60) on Now is the Time for Fishing (1961)
- Joan Baez on Joan Baez (1960)
- A.L. Lloyd and Alf Edwards on English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Topic 1964, 1996)
- Bert Jansch on Jack Orion (1966)
- Donovan on H.M.S. Donovan (1971)
- Figgy Duff on Weather Out the Storm (1989)
- Broadside Electric on Black-edged Visiting Card (1992)
- Andreas Scholl on Wayfaring Stranger: Folksongs (2001)
- Sherwood on "The Favourite Songs of Henry VIII" (2008)
- Wikisource:Child's Ballads/167
- A. L. Lloyd, Folk Song in England, Paladin, 1975. p.259
- Wikisource:Child's Ballads/250
- Zierke, Reinhard. "Henry Martin / The Lofty Tall Ship". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Henry Martin" from Western Wind and Other English Folk Songs, Alfred Deller, YouTube
- Anónimo Siglo XVII: Henry Martin, Andreas Scholl, YouTube
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